Create a stalker's register
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Stalking is a crime that is insidious and terrifying and yet many still do not understand it. Stalkers steal lives and take lives. Both our daughters, Kirsty Treloar and Jane Clough, were murdered by their stalkers.
Kirsty was just 20 years old when she was stalked and stabbed to death. She had given birth to a beautiful baby girl three weeks before she was killed by Myles Williams, a man who she said she never wanted to see again. He was coercively controlling and violent to Kirsty and he had abused other women. Sentencing Williams, Judge Nicholas Cooke said: 'Beyond a shadow of a doubt, you represent an exceptional danger to any future female partners’.
Jane met Jonathan Vass at work. She was an A&E nurse and he was an ambulance technician. Jane was just 26 years-old when she died. Nine months earlier she had a baby girl and the abuse escalated whilst she was pregnant. When he raped her in front of the baby, she knew she had to leave him. She ended the relationship and told police that he had raped and beaten her, but he was granted bail while facing nine counts of rape and four of assaults. He waited three months to access Jane. She had stopped going out as she was scared he was going to find her and kill her. As she became more isolated she used Facebook to talk to people and he stalked her by monitoring her account. When she eventually returned to work, he lay in wait in the hospital car park and stabbed her 71 times.
Our daughters could have been saved if their serial abusers were on a register and being managed and monitored. Currently there is no existing framework which can track or monitor serial domestic violence perpetrators and stalkers. Rather than the perpetrator being effectively controlled and managed, oftentimes it is the victims who are forced to modify and change their behaviour and even flee their homes and disappear themselves in order to stay safe, which is unacceptable.
People with a history of stalking are as dangerous as sex offenders and there needs to be tracking and monitoring of them. We need to act now to save lives by protecting women from serial stalkers and domestic violence perpetrators by introducing a register which would help police to pro-actively identify, track, monitor and manage stalkers instead of relying on a series of victims to report multiple crimes. This needs to change. It is the perpetrator’s behaviour that is the problem. There needs to be a positive obligation on them to change their behaviour and take responsibility. They are the ones who need to be tracked, supervised and managed and not the victim.
We can’t bring our daughters back but we can save others in the future. Since this happened we have both become ambassadors for the National Stalking Advocacy Service Paladin, who are supporting our call for a stalkers register.
We need to treat stalking with the seriousness it deserves. Many stalkers are serial and there should be a positive obligation on the abuser to change their behaviour. They are the ones who should be tracked and managed, just like sex offenders. Please help us to make sure that we protect other women so other families do not go through what we have.
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